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Call for collaborative efforts to mitigate urban poverty

  • Our Correspondent
  • 9 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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RAJSHAHI: Collaborative efforts of all government and non-government organisations concerned have become crucial to eradicate the urban poverty.

Rural less-income people with their recurrent disaster exposures are migrating into urban areas. These newcomers face a high employment crisis in the city and with very poor-quality housing and other facilities they are further tapped into a deeper urban poverty cycle.

The observation came at an inception workshop of social services held at the city bhaban conference hall of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) on Sunday.

GIZ hosted the workshop under the ‘Urban Management of Internal Migration due to Climate Change (UMIMCC)’ and the Urban Management of Migration and Livelihood (UMML) projects.

Various need-based infrastructures are being built in city areas for providing shelter to the internally migrated people besides providing short and long term job oriented training and health care facilities to the ultra-poor and poor class people with interventions of the projects.

With RCC Chief Executive Officer Dr Sharif Uddin in the chair, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Ward Councilors Muhammad Kamruzzaman, Shahidul Islam and Umme Salma and Secretary Moshiur Rahman.

GIZ Adviser Akteruzzaman Rana told the meeting that climate change is becoming a threat to the urban environment, development and livelihood. Urban poverty is highly linked with rural disaster risks.

The meeting was also told that climate change is becoming a threat to the urban environment and development and livelihood as well as uncertainty.

Urban poverty is highly linked with rural disaster risks.

The urbanisation situation, particularly the housing in the city, is getting more acute with every passing year.

It was said all the vulnerability issues need to be brought under a comprehensive risk based master plan to accommodate at least 50 per cent people from vulnerable rural areas around.